Author(s): Clive Hamilton; Richard Denniss
Anyone concerned about the level of their personal debt or frustrated by the rat race of aspiring to an affluent lifestyle will appreciate this critique of the effects of over-consumption. This analysis pulls no punches as it describes both the problem and what can be done to stop it. Analyzing the increasing rates of stress, depression, and obesity as possible effects of the consumption binge currently gripping the Western world, this report tracks how Australians overwork, the growing number of things thrown out, self-medicated drugs, and the real meaning of the word choice.
Bristling with wit and a sense of intimacy that leaves readers experiencing a reading of shared incredulity 'Herald Sun
Clive Hamilton is director of a highly-regarded 'think tank', and a highly-regarded economist. Richard Denniss is a lecturer in economics.
Part I A society going nowhere1. Affluenza2. Consuming passions3. Spreading the virus4. How much is enough?Part II The effects of affluenza5. Debt 6. Overwork 7. Wasteful consumption 8. Spending ourselves sick Part III What can be done?9. The politics of affluenza10. The downshifters11. A new politicsAppendixWellbeing Manifesto for a Flourishing SocietyNotesIndex